6 February 2018
In the lead up to the 10th anniversary of the devastating 2009 Victorian Bushfires, the Victorian Government has announced that it will create a new bushfire museum and education centre.
Anita Norris, local resident and professional wildlife photographer, took this photograph on her property at Arthurs Creek at 5.12pm on Black Saturday, 7 February 2009. Source – Museums Victoria. Photographer – Anita Norris
The museum will focus on raising awareness of the history, stories and lessons of the 2009 fires as well as other significant bushfires that have impacted Victoria. It will include a reflective space to commemorate the past and educate generations into the future
The creation of a museum was a recommendation of the Bushfire Anniversary Advisory Group, chaired by former Premier by the Hon John Brumby AO – the idea emerging from community consultations.
Victorians will have an opportunity to help shape the project through an extensive community consultation process that will begin in coming months.
In the meantime, to mark the anniversary Museums Victoria is showing select objects from the Victorian Bushfires Collection in From the Heart, now open at Melbourne Museum.